Last week I went into a school to deliver a session for teachers and they let me know all about their frustrations about not being able to connect to the parents of the children they were teaching. Common struggles were that the teachers felt like once the children left school their parents thought they had done their education.
Sounds familiar? Thought so.
As I was packing my car at the end of the sessions, one of the parents at the school got chatting with me and let me know that he was frustrated that the teachers were not teaching topics and subjects that he felt was important.
It’s a never-ending struggle, and each family has a extremely different culture and expectation from education.
One family will come up to you and say their kid is not doing great, and that you should stay on top more.
Another one will not even care to listen to your recommendations and tell you to deal with it because it’s your job.
Sounds extreme, but not that distant, right?
Well, we think neither side is to blame. Teachers are not experts at many fields, and unfortunately we cannot expect families to know better to cover exactly those gaps.
Who speaks to children about racism, gender and what it means to be homeless, about how to build resilience and look at the world from a different perspective?
We fill the gap on aspects of education that are not easy to tackle at school, and that are not commonly solved at home either.
We deliver these nuggets of experience in the form of workshops for kids.
If you’ve tried telling a kid to read more, you know how far that will go.
We show by example. We bring you people that live what they tell. Their own story is what we use to inspire kids, by showing them what becomes of overcoming life challenges.
Inspiration and empowerment of young people. We deliver stories that break prejudices of any kind. Your students will see how everyone can be a leader and inspire others.
We aim to show children that there is no glass ceiling. They can be whoever they want to be and our aim is to speak directly to every student’s potential.
Improved Social and Emotional Wellbeing in students. Growing up isn’t easy, especially in the era of social media and so much social unrest. We teach students ways to overcome social and emotional obstacles which will increase their overall wellbeing.
Increased individual and community resilience. We deliver strategies for overcoming obstacles and dealing with challenging times. The students will meet extraordinary people with extraordinary lives. None of them will leave you indifferent.
Developing key competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
Raising awareness of social justice issues and how to take action through developing community connection. Tales to Inspire has built bridges with various charities and organisations throughout the country, who are currently taking action against social injustices, and we want to share these connections with you.
Encourage a connection to their own story and the stories of others by increasing empathy and understanding of others.
Real life examples. We won’t bring a manual or a movie. There are no “experts”. If you’re expecting a lecture or a masterclass, this is not it. Students will learn about experiences first hand, from the people who have lived them.
There’s something you must know. All of us, Krish, the team, and all of our ambassadors, we are not business people. That doesn’t mean we aren’t professional, don’t get it wrong. What I mean is that you shouldn’t expect us wearing suits, prominent handshakes and “we talk, everyone listen”.
With that said, if you want to have a true impact on kids, and leave everyone impressed on the way out, this is a very good investment.
Mr Alex Lowe | KS2 Class Teacher
We will discuss your needs over email first.
You will decide on the topics you’re interested into, the length of the workshop, and preferred dates.
With that we’ll prepare a proposal, including which ambassadors and team members will attend on the day and send it to you on a deck in a PDF file, along with a quote for the work.
From here, we can arrange a short call to solve last questions.
You get approval for the work.
We attend on the day, deliver the workshop, and leave.
Our workshops can be for a range of age groups, from Key Stage 1 all the way through to college students.
You let us know what your goals and outcomes are and who you aim to support and we will take care of the rest.
The workshops we deliver are bespoke and dependent on what it is that you are looking for. Therefore, our workshops are priced differently, depending on the length of delivery, the amount of time it takes to prepare the workshops and how many people we are delivering the session for.
The best way to find out how much it costs, is to send an email and organise a conversation with one of our team members.
They can be delivered both online and in person. We understand that the world looks different post-pandemic and you may prefer for the workshop to be delivered online. We can do both.
Of course, we are more than happy to deliver face to face workshops, as we all know nothing quite beats the power of an in person workshop.
We can arrange a series of workshops for your school, however it all depends on what it is that you are looking for and how best we can support.
Our aim isn’t to just turn up and be done. We want to leave a lasting impact and exceed all expectations and you may feel that a series of workshops may work better for your needs.
All of our workshops are delivered by our Ambassadors who have shared their story with Tales to Inspire.
Real-life people with lived experience to ensure real-life outcomes of the subject area that they are delivering on.
Our workshops have been delivered to small classes of under 15 people and have been delivered to whole schools of over 1000 people, in an assembly format.
It all depends on the outcomes that you are searching for.
Yes, all of them, and we will provide DBS certificates to schools prior to delivery.
No. Tales to Inspire is a social enterprise/community interest company. This means that we are a not-for profit organisation with all profits going back in to our social mission: impacting a diverse array of communities whilst inspiring others that there is nothing that they cannot breakthrough.
We have provided workshops focusing on:
All our workshops are bespoke therefore if you have a particular interest in a workshop on a more unique social justice issue, please get in touch.
We are based in Greater Manchester. However, our facilitators are based around the country which means that we can provide bespoke workshops for you in a variety of locations.